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Getting to know your Admiral Shelley Lipke Staff Writer The majority of boxes have been unpacked in the Admiral’s house and RAdm Bill Truelove is settling into his corner office at D100 with a view of Esquimalt Harbour and the task at hand – commanding Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) and Joint Task Force Pacific (JTFP). “It’s incredible to be back here,” he said staring out his window. “It’s been five years since we were on this coast and we are thrilled to be back among these folks and this exciting team.” Late last year from his post in Kabul, Afghanistan, RAdm Truelove learned his next post would be in Victoria where he would assume the responsibilities of Commander of MARPAC and JTFP. “Getting this appointment was a thrill for me. It is both exciting and daunting to a degree as it is a significant posting. When I received official word I was incredibly honoured and humbled by the announcement,” he said. RAdm Truelove began his career at Royal Roads military college and he met his wife Brenda on a blind date in Victoria. “We got married in front of the castle at Royal Roads and Victoria is home for Brenda, so she is very happy to be back,” he said. “We both have a lot of history here and it’s nice to see familiar faces.” RAdm Truelove grew up a “navy brat”. His father served 36 years and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer. “My dad has always taught me the critical role that our chiefs, petty officers and leaders play in the navy. I grew up seeing him go away a lot and we moved every few years and
now I have done that with my children. My daughter reminded me once that it was 12 schools in 13 years and it struck home with me that we can never thank our families enough for what they do to support us,” he said. RAdm Truelove’s daughter Ashley is a nanny in Switzerland, while his son Anthony is following in his dad’s footsteps and is posted to HMCS Calgary in November as an engineering officer. “I have had the great privilege of commanding units along the way, but I have always been a believer that you need to lead by being out and about interacting, engaging and discussing with people what needs to be done first hand. You have to enable those who are doing the work in person, so I consider my role one of helping the team along and enabling their success,” he said. Throughout his career, RAdm Truelove has spent time in Afghanistan, commanded HMCS Regina and NOTC Venture and held other significant appointments. “For me what probably stands out the most is the range and breadth of opportunity the CF has afforded me throughout my career,” he said. “My first impression of this Formation is that it is committed to achieving operational excellence. As I settle in I see the frigates going through their modernization programmes and the submarines progressing to full capability, and the navy continuing to go through its transformation as we prepare for the future. There is lots of change over the next decade as we look to rejuvenate the structure and look forward to continued success,” he said.
“I think the challenge will be the scope of activity we have underway in the navy right now. Being able to manage that is a huge collective effort which takes innovation, planning and teamwork; but, I have no doubt the Formation will rise to the challenge.” When not commanding MARPAC, RAdm Truelove enjoys kayaking, keeping fit, golfing and especially spending time with his family. Most people don’t know that he loves horses and used to compete in show jumping and equestrian cross country endurance races. He also has two pets – a parrot named Quinn and a terrier Shih Tzu cross named Bailey. When asked how he likes the Admirals’ residence in Dockyard he said, “Not bad digs. We are among all the sailors, the wildlife and of course the view of the ocean is a great reminder of what we are here to do. It’s nice to be able to look out over that important ocean and reflect on what our mission is all about. We love it.” RAdm Truelove and Brenda are looking forward to an Alaska cruise late this summer. “Most of all I’m looking forward to spending time with my family,” he said. “I’m excited, honoured and privileged to be a part of this team. As we see the Formation move through the next chapter there is an awful lot going on. The future is very, very bright in the navy and I am proud to be a part of that,” he said. RAdm Truelove identified the activity of “meeting and developing relationships with the people on base” as amongst his top priorities over the course of his time as Admiral.
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Greening the MSE Fleet Shelley Lipke Staff Writer With 22 hybrids, electric and solar powered vehicles, CFB Esquimalt is the greenest Mobile Support Equipment (MSE) Fleet in the Canadian Forces. Embracing the Government’s policy on green procurement, Transportation Electrical Mechanical Engineering (TEME) is ‘Greening the Fleet’, with its commercial fleet of vehicles. “Diesel is more efficient than gas; hybrids use less gas; and hydro electric power is better for the environment which means electric cars are the best alternative,” says Ivy Burkhart, Assistant Vehicle Fleet Manager. CFB Esquimalt is in the lead with the most electric vehicles nationally and with green procurement in general. “We are trying to reduce the number of vehicles on the base and encourage people to share those available,” said Burkhart. “We are going for more efficient use of our fleet so rather than have one truck, van, or car for one unit or section we are trying to get more sharing of vehicles to increase
the number of people using them. We are also looking at smaller vehicles that are more efficient.” TEME also looks at the equipment that goes into the vehicles to cut down on the carbon footprint. “We buy aftermarket equipment like canopies, shelving units, or pull out beds from local vendors to cut down on shipping costs,” said Burkhart. GPS is also being used now to dispatch vehicles and send messages between dispatch and the drivers, replacing cell phone use. Hybrid cars on base include the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Sonata and TEME is looking forward to buying more hybrid trucks to replace gas powered ones currently in use. The current fleet of John Deer Gators are being replaced by eight Toro Workman utility terrain vehicles that will be used by Construction Engineering and Fleet Maintenance Facility (FMF) to transport supplies. These small but powerful trucks have a 450 kilogram towing capacity and a 350 kilogram dump box capacity. “These are solar electric powered vehicles so we will be using
less electricity because the solar panel charges when the vehicle is in use or sitting still,” said Burkhart. Charging stations are being installed this summer on base before the Toro’s are issued to the units for use. TEME also has electric powered Might-E-Trucks and vans which are used to transport and deliver materials around Dockyard and Construction Engineering and also transport diving gear to and from the jetty at Fleet Diving Unit Pacific. The Mitsubishi MiEV is a fully electric car issued to MARPAC as an admin vehicle. “In the future we are going to have more electric vehicles, more hybrid vehicles, and more efficient use of the vehicles,” said Burkhart. “I am quite proud of the support that transport in general is giving to the greening initiative and I am encouraged by the positive response from our customers with the use of the electric vehicles and the hybrids,” she said. The greening of the fleet stemmed from an initiative following the Kyoto Accord in 2007 and is now part of the Federal Sustainable
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Ivy Burkhart, assistant vehicle fleet manager shows the new Toro fleet. This fleet of eight will replace the gas powered John Deer Gator vehicles for Fleet Maintenance Facility and Construction Engineering. These tough mini trucks have a capacity to pull over 450 kilograms and are electric and solar powered. Charging stations will be installed this August to put the fleet to work.
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On the laugh track for charity Shawn O’Hara Staff Writer Cpl Shawn Lawrence loves comedy. Recently he decided to put that passion to work. Taking over the Junior Ranks Mess on base at CFB Kingston, he put together a group of comedians, most of which have served in the military or have family in the military, and sold about 125 tickets. The second show sold out completely. Word had gotten out, and the Forces Comedy Tour was born. Though still in it’s infancy, the goal of the Forces Comedy Tour is to bring
a morale boosting performance to bases throughout Canada, and one day maybe overseas. “I’d love to do a show for the troops in the Middle East,” says Cpl Lawrence. “That’s always been a dream of mine, but right now I think it’s going
to stay a dream.” For now, the goal is to focus on the shows at home. With a show coming up later this month, tickets are already selling fast. After a deployment to Afghanistan, Cpl Lawrence returned home with the
goal of finding a way to give back to the troops and their families. To a comedian launching a comedy show made perfect sense. The proceeds from their shows go to support groups like Military Minds, Soldier On, Wounded Warrior, and the Military Family Resource Centre. “The main goal of the tour is to give back any way we can,” says Cpl Lawrence. “Most of us have either served, or have family in the forces, so we know what its like. We want to help give back to the organizations that support people just like us, and if we can make people laugh along the way, that’s a bonus.”
SAR Techs hoist sailors to safety Captain Trevor Reid 19 Wing Public Affairs Officer Two sailors were hoisted from their stricken sailing vessel July 17 by the crew of an RCAF Cormorant helicopter after they were caught in high winds and heavy seas. The sailors sent a distress call at approximately 8:10 p.m. Monday night after they lost their rudder, engine and sails in 80 kilometer winds and four meter seas, approximately 30 miles south of Haida Gwaii Islands, in Queen Charlotte Sound. Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria (JRCC) received the call and dispatched a Buffalo search and rescue airplane and a Cormorant helicopter from 19 Wing Comox. Nearby cruise
ship, the Star Princess, was also summoned to help, as were Canadian Coast Guard vessels Tanu and Cape Farewell. The Buffalo aircraft arrived on scene first and dropped a two-way radio by parachute to reestablish communication with the sailors who had lost their radio shortly after sending the “Mayday”. The cruise ship maneuvered in an attempt to block some of the high waves, while the Cormorant helicopter arrived to begin the rescue. “We assessed the situation and determined it was very dangerous for the people on board,” said Capt Jean Leroux, aircraft commander of the Cormorant. “We tried to put a Search and Rescue Technician (SAR Tech) on the deck, but it was impossible due
to the masts, loose cables and torn sails. We lowered the SAR Tech into the water to the aft of the boat and he swam to get on board,” said Capt Leroux. “The boat was going up and down, side to side quite a bit as I swam,” said SAR Tech, Sergeant Robin Richardson. The sailors were able to throw a guideline to Sgt Richardson and help him aboard. Once on the boat, Sgt Richardson and Flight Engineer, Cpl Kent Campbell aboard the Cormorant worked together to hoist the men from the rolling ship approximately 55 feet into the hovering helicopter. Both men were flown to Port Hardy and as a precaution were transferred into the care of BC Ambulance.
Language Training Division makes move Shawn O’Hara Staff Writer On July 31st the Language Training Division will be pulling up stakes at their location at 670 Lampson Street, and setting up in building 1092 at Work Point. The move is due in part to expansion by l’Ecole Victor Brodeur into the space currently occupied by the Language Training Division, and also in part to the end of the division’s lease on the space as of August 31. While the new space will be considerably smaller, the services provided by the Language Training Division will not change with one exception; the Decentralized Military Second Language Training Program (DMSLTP), which is coordinated by the Formation Official Language Coordinator (FCOL), will now be delivered in a classroom set up at Nelles Block in room N34.
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DND has been recognized with a United Way Honorary Life Membership in celebration of the United Way of Greater Victoria's 75th anniversary in 2012. Seen here is a photo taken from the United Way's archives dated Oct 6, 1972 and published in the Daily Colonist (now Times Colonist). Greater Victoria United Appeal representative Eric Dowell accepts money from a sea monster at the Canadian Forces Diving Unit in Colwood. The 39 member unit donated $748, or 300 per cent over its quota. Sea monster Cpl Dan Swanson aided by diver Cpl Lorne Pitman present a silver dollar fished out of Davy Jones' Locker. The local GCWCC has now raised more than six million dollars since formalized in 2002.
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Minister MacKay announces improvements for CFB Esquimalt Shelley Lipke Staff Writer Four contract awards for Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces related infrastructure projects which total $10.9 million were announced last Thursday by Minister MacKay during his visit to CFB Esquimalt. The four projects including replacing obsolete electrical equipment at Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot Rocky Point, outfitting the Canadian Towed Array Sonar System block, repairs to A-Jetty, and the replacement of transformers at the
Canadian Forces Fleet School. “The Government of Canada is determined to provide modern, efficient and effective infrastructure for our Canadian Forces personnel. I am pleased to show continued progress on these goals, which is in line with our commitment to give our men and women in uniform the support they need so they are fully prepared when the call to action comes,” said Minister MacKay. “These projects also provide the economy with important local jobs,” he said. Rocky Point’s Ammunition Depot upgrade to their electrical and communications systems includes the installation of a new electrical grid including feeder
lines, distribution panels and transformers to magazines and improved lighting. G&E Contracting was awarded the $5.8 million contract. The Canadian Towed Array Sonar System block is a 1,600 square meter extension to Fleet Maintenance Facility’s Dockyard 250 which houses the new combat/electronic work centre. This work centre will include the units responsible for the maintenance and repair efforts conducted on all electronic ship systems, such as communications, radar and electronic warfare sensor equipment. The contract involves outfitting this facility with the electrical, mechanical architec-
tural and industrial shop support features required for the functions that will be found within the building. Ledcor Construction has been awarded the $2.9 million contract. A-jetty’s structural repair involves the replacement deteriorated piles, bracing, timbers and other key structural members. RUSKIN Construction won this $1.1 million contract for services. Canadian Forces Fleet School’s transformer replacement project will include new cables, switchboards and transformers which are reaching the end of their lifespan. EMERY Electrical won the $1.1 million contract.
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Above: The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, addresses local business leaders, members of the Defence team and invited media at the Wardroom during an announcement of significant infrastructure investment last Thursday.
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RAVEN Program Builds Bridges Shawn O’Hara Staff Writer
The communities of Canada are a rich tapestry of culture, and its military is no different. It’s important to build relationships within these communities, and that’s what the RAVEN program aims to do. RAVEN is a program with the goal of reaching out to Aboriginal communities in Canada. It offers training and experience that can open up career paths in the military and civilian sectors of the Department of National Defence (DND). The program consists of a three to four day culture camp, where les-
sons are held that explore the culture of the First Nation, Inuit and Metis communities throughout Canada. The culture camps are followed by five weeks of military training taking place at CFB Esquimalt. At the end of the program, participants are awarded a Basic Military Qualification and the opportunity to pursue a career in the Reserve or Regular Force, or civilian occupation at DND. PO1 Joe Proctor, program coordinator for RAVEN, says that the program offers opportunities that some of their participants would never have. “Some of the participants come from communities of 100 people or less,” says PO1 Proctor. “They’ve
never been on a plane, or seen structures larger than one story. It can be a culture shock.” He says the skills learned during RAVEN programs build character, and the ability to work together is invaluable. “We try to take these kids, many from very different backgrounds, and turn them into a team,” says PO1 Proctor. “Whether it’s putting a vessel out to sea, getting an aircraft in the sky, or deploying a battalion of troops into the field, everybody has an important part of the process. If you’re not working as a team, it won’t happen.” PO2 Eric Schaning has been a part of RAVEN in one way or another since it’s inception in 2003, and says the bridges
built between the military and First Nations communities through RAVEN are invaluable. “It gets us in contact with communities in Canada that we wouldn’t normally have contact with,” says PO2 Schaning. “We learn more about their aboriginal culture and they learn more about the military. It’s a mutually beneficial thing.” He says the confidence gained through the program, and the challenges they overcome, have helped many graduates to go on to university and pursue careers. “Some of them go on to become lawyers, doctors, or officers in the military,” says PO2 Schaning. “The training they complete here can change their lives.”
Left: Sixty three First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth are taking part in this year's six week Raven program which kicked off July 9 at Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental Test Range (CFMETR) in Nanoose Bay with a culture camp led by Aboriginal elders. The cultural portion allows the youth to connect with their cultures and get to know one another before the CF training begins at Naval Officer Training Centre (NOTC) Venture. Seen here youth learn the Inuit tradition of building an Inukshuk as one of many activities at the culture camp. Below: Laryssa Sutherland, Joelle Corrigal and Sherilyn Sewoee show drums, Metis sashes and Red River carts they made at the culture camp. Photos by Shelley Lipke, Lookout
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Victoria aces penultimate test
Shawn O’Hara Staff Writer Onboard HMCS Victoria the air was alive with excitement. History was about to be made. Victoria was about to launch its first war shot torpedo. The target was a hulk, the decommissioned Mars-class supply ship formerly known as USS Concord. After much preparation and a flurry of action, the projectile lanced out under the waves, detonating under the grey hulk in a spray of sea water; a successful engagement! The weapon functioning was one segment of Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) currently taking place in the waters around Hawaii. The timing for the opportunity to test Victoria’s systems and training was opportune for the boats programme and the success at RIMPAC signifies an
important milestone for the Royal Canadian Navy’s submarine programme. Capt(N) Luc Cassivi, national Director of the Canadian Submarine Force, says that the launching of a war shot torpedo is not a regular occurrence. “It’s expensive, involved, and environmental specifications have to be reached in order to get such targets,” says Capt(N) Cassivi. “RIMPAC provided an opportunity. For every exercise the USN makes targets available for those who what to use them, and we seek those kinds of opportunities when they arise.” Not only did this exercise mark the first launch of a live war shot torpedo for Victoria, it marked the first launch of its type by any Canadian submarine. “We’ve had the Mark 48 torpedo in inventory for some time now and fired many exercise versions with
the Oberon and Victoria classes but we never got around to firing a live one,” says Capt(N) Cassivi. “It’s exciting because it’s a first for the crew, and a first for the country.” Capt(N) Cassivi says that the completion of the exercise validates a few things. “Firstly, it’s a validation of the accuracy of Victoria’s combat system,” says Capt(N) Cassivi. “To get this working properly requires the integration of a number of technical systems, and that’s proof that the work that was done at CFB Esquimalt was of value.” He says that it also validates the skill and capabilities of Victoria’s crew, and strengthens their confidence in Victoria itself. “It’s good for them to have that experience, and to see the systems at work,” he says. “They’ve seen it, they’ve done it, and they know what it can do. It’s a good thing to have.”
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Governor General visits CFB Esquimalt Governor General of Canada David Johnston visited CFB Esquimalt last Thursday to meet and greet members of the base and families of deployed frigate HMCS Regina. "I have a great opinion of our men and women in uniform," he told his company during a brief speech. "Canadian military are serving the traditional values of duty, honour and serviceâ€“" he said.
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Governor General of Canada David Johnston joined approximately 60 guests including the Minister of National Defence at the Wardroom on Thursday. Many were family members of sailors on HMCS Regina. Both the Governor General and the Minister mingled with guests over lunch. Above: His Excellency David Johnston addresses guests. Left: His Excellency David Johnston chats with MARPAC Chief of Staff, Capt(N) Mike Knippel and Crystal Maxwell, whose spouse Devin is at sea on board HMCS Regina.
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Injured hiker medevaced from Nootka Trail Captain Trevor Reid 19 Wing Public Affairs Officer An injured hiker was medevaced from the Nootka Trail by members of the Canadian Coast Guard and the RCAF, on July 17. The hiker had been walking the Nootka Trail as part of a large group, just north of Maquinna Point on Nootka Island, when she slipped and fell on some uneven rocks at approximately 5:30 p.m. The first aiders in the group, suspecting possible spinal injuries, alerted Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria and provided grid coordinates of their location along the remote trail. A Rigid-Hull Inflatable boat from Inshore Rescue Boat 507, Canadian Coast Guard, was first to respond. The boat crew stabilized the patient until a Cormorant helicopter from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, 19 Wing Comox arrived. “We landed on the beach in a very tight area,” said Captain Luc Coates, aircraft commander. “There were a lot of large rocks and stumps and the sloped terrain meant that everyone on board had to work as a team to ensure a safe landing.”
Once on the ground, the Search and Rescue Technicians hiked approximately 150 metres from the beach to join the Coast Guard crew who had already loaded the patient onto a litter for helicopter transport. “We had communication with the Coast Guard members on the ground before we landed and they were able to direct us to the right spot and then assist the SAR Techs in carrying the patient to the helicopter,” said Capt Coates. “It was good teamwork by everyone involved.” Once on the helicopter, the patient was flown to Victoria General Hospital where she was transferred in stable condition at approximately 8:50 p.m. Search and Rescue (SAR) incidents under the federal SAR mandate are defined as “all aircraft incidents and all marine incidents in waters under federal jurisdiction. With the exception of federally owned National Parks, the overall responsibility for land and inland water search and rescue rests with the provinces, territories and municipalities. The Canadian Forces may, however, provide assistance to land and inland water rescues when possible.
Photo by Capt Blair Turner, 442 Squadron
Cormorant helicopter lands on a remote beach on Nootka Island to evacuate an injured hiker from the Nootka Trail on Tuesday evening, July 17th.
Minister announces contract for Aldergrove upgrade Shelley Lipke Staff writer During a visit to the site July 15 Minister of National Defence Peter Mackay announced the modernization of the electrical system at Naval Radio Station (NRS) Aldergrove, the Royal Canadian Navy’s communication receive station. The $1.1 million contract to Houle Electric of Burnaby, B.C. will update and expand the electrical capability by providing a new 450 kilowatt generator. For the military communications technicians at NRS Aldergrove, the Minister’s visit recognizes the role that communications support facilities provide to front line units deployed in the Pacific and Arctic regions. “The announcement of a new generator came as welcome news since it will provide enhanced reliability, functionality, and safety to the site as well as West Coast communications,” said communications maintenance technician LS Jason Price. Established in 1942, this is the 70th year that Aldergrove, in conjunction with the transmitter site at Matsqui, has provided vital long range radio support to ships,
submarines, and aircraft. The NRS provides radio coverage for the nine million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean that are the area of responsibility for Canada’s military. During his visit, the minister emphasized the department’s commitment to maintaining infrastructure through the Canada First Defence Strategy and stressed the importance of the site to naval and air personnel who continue to rely on NRS Aldergrove for critical information to do their work. The Aldergrove facility today serves multiple roles in the defence of Canada. In addition to the remotely operated radio equipment, the station also hosts the Polar Epsilon capability. Operated by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), Polar Epsilon utilizes RADARSAT-2 remote sensing data and provides Maritime surveillance in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans. The site also serves as a support area for the CF in the event of a flood or earthquake. Following his visit to NRS Aldergrove, the minister departed for Hawaii to observe Canadian participants exercise in Rim of the Pacific.
Photo by Cpl Charles A. Stephen, MARPAC Imaging Services
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, greets Petty Officer Second Class Patrick Devaney as he meets with members of CFB Esquimalt’s Maintenance Detachment Aldergrove and Matsqui prior to an announcement on July 15.
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